Flexport grows 747-400F ops with Atlas Air

Atlas seeing continued strong demand for its freighters

Atlas Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, will deploy a third 747-400F on behalf of California-based forwarder Flexport from September 2022 as part of an expanded agreement.

The new third freighter will increase Flexport’s dedicated capacity from Atlas Air by 50%, according to a joint release.

Atlas has been buying more of its leased 747-400Fs. (Photo/Atlas Air)

The dedicated freighter operation for Flexport will include flights from Asia to Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA) and Chicago (ORD), with more to be added, according to Atlas Air.

Flexport and Atlas Air couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Atlas Air began operating a 747-400F on an ACMI basis for Flexport’s own-controlled operation in August 2019. The aircraft was the first to feature full Flexport branding but the arrangement came to an end in January 2020 because of the weak market at the time.

Atlas recently announced that it had extended an agreement with China-based SF Group, another of its long-term customers, for 747-400F capacity between China and the U.S.

Citing confidence in the demand for widebody freighters, Atlas Air has been on a shopping spree.

Earlier this month Atlas announced its first direct order for four new 777Fs from Boeing, with the first to be delivered in November 2022 and the remaining three in 2023.

The carrier purchased three more of its leased 747-400Fs in October 2021, adding to three that it bought between May and August 2021.

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